I am curious what everyone did to get through Tier 1 so fast, and how long it took them. Did you find it fun, or just grind through Patrol and Secure missions, knowing that the Good Stuff would be coming soon?
I will admit perhaps I am mistaken, but my experience in OB and with headstart has been a feeling of tedium. When I do a 45-minute-long "plot" mission with an emphasis on the horribly boring ground combat and only watch my experience bar move 2 or 3 notches, it feels like something is off.
The real question is why did it take you 45minutes to do a ground mission. No mission in this game has taken me over 20 minutes. And I'm driving a science ship.
Not a ground mission, one of the combo space/ground/space again "Episodes". Can't remember the exact one, but it had to do with a Gorn burial ground, and you have to disable three shield generators in an area crawling with patrols. It wasn't difficult - just tedious, and the XP payout wasn't worth the time spent.